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Trademark of The Dow Chemical Company (“Dow”) or an affiliated company of Dow Form No. 609-00425-1109

DOW™ FILMTEC™ Membranes
DOW FILMTEC SW30HR LE-400 Seawater Reverse Osmosis Element


Dow Water & Process Solutions offers various premium seawater reverse osmosis (RO)
elements designed to reduce capital and operation cost of seawater RO systems. DOW™
FILMTEC™ elements combine premium membrane performance with automated precision
fabrication and maximize system output to provide unprecedented performance.

The DOW™ FILMTEC™ SW30HR LE-400 element offers a combination of high rejection and
low energy requirements to allow lower total costs with medium and high salinity feedwater.
Benefits of the DOW FILMTEC SW30HR LE-400 element include:

Enables systems to be designed and operated to optimize operating cost through lower
energy consumption or to optimize capital cost through higher productivity at lower
operating fluxes.
High NaCl and boron rejection to help meet World Health Organization (WHO) and other
drinking water standards.
Effective use in permeate staged seawater desalination systems without impairing the
performance of the downstream stage.
High performance over the operating lifetime without the use of oxidative post-treatments.
This is one reason DOW FILMTEC elements are more durable and may be cleaned more
effectively over a wider pH range (1-13) than other RO elements.
Automated, precision fabrication with a greater number of shorter membrane leaves reducing
the effect of overall fouling and maximizing element efficiency, helping to lower your cost of

Product Specifications

Active area
Maximum operating
pressure psig (bar)
Permeate flow
rate gpd (m
Stabilized boron
rejection %
Minimum salt
rejection %
Stabilized salt
rejection %
SW30HR LE-400 217822 400 (37) 1,200 (83) 7,500 (28) 92 99.65 99.80
1. The above values are normalized to the following conditions: 32,000 ppm NaCl, 5 ppm boron, 800 psi (5.5 MPa), 77°F (25°C), pH 8, 8% recovery.
2. Permeate flows for individual elements may vary +/-15%.
3. Product specifications may vary slightly as improvements are implemented.
4. Active area guaranteed +/-5%. Active area as stated by Dow Water & Process Solutions is not comparable to the nominal membrane area figure often stated by some
element suppliers. Measurement method described in Form No. 609-00434.

Figure 1
U-Cup Brine Seal
Fiberglass Outer Wrap
End Cap
Product Brine
FilmTec supplies
coupler part number
118027 with each
element. Each coupler
includes two 2-125
EPR o-rings (FilmTec
part number 102284).
Filmtec supplies
coupler part number
313198 with each
element. Each coupler
includes two 3-912
EPR o-rings (FilmTec
part number 151705).

Dimensions – Inches (mm)
Product Feed Spacer (mil) A B C
SW30HR LE-400 28 40 (1,016) 1.125 (29) 7.9 (201)
1. Refer to FilmTec Corporation Design Guidelines for multiple-element systems. 1 inch = 25.4 mm
2. Elements fit nominal 8-inch (203 mm) I.D. pressure vessel.

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Operating Limits

Membrane Type Polyamide Thin-Film Composite
Maximum Operating Temperature
113°F (45°C)
Maximum Element Pressure Drop 15 psig (1.0 bar)
pH Range, Continuous Operation
2 - 11
pH Range, Short-Term Cleaning (30 min.)
1 - 13
Maximum Feed Silt Density Index (SDI) SDI 5
Free Chlorine Tolerance
<0.1 ppm
Maximum temperature for continuous operation above pH 10 is 95°F (35°C).
Refer to Cleaning Guidelines in Form No. 609-23010.
Under certain conditions, the presence of free chlorine and other oxidizing agents will cause premature membrane failure.
Since oxidation damage is not covered under warranty. FilmTec Corporation recommends removing residual free chlorine
by pretreatment prior to membrane exposure. Please refer to technical bulletin 609-22010 for more information.

Proper start-up of reverse osmosis water treatment systems is essential to prepare the
membranes for operating service and to prevent membrane damage due to overfeeding or
hydraulic shock. Following the proper start-up sequence also helps ensure that system
operating parameters conform to design specifications so that system water quality and
productivity goals can be achieved.

Before initiating system start-up procedures, membrane pretreatment, loading of the
membrane elements, instrument calibration and other system checks should be completed.

Please refer to the application information literature entitled “Start-Up Sequence” (Form No.
609-02077) for more information.

Avoid any abrupt pressure or cross-flow variations on the spiral elements during start-up,
shutdown, cleaning or other sequences to prevent possible membrane damage. During start-
up, a gradual change from a standstill to operating state is recommended as follows:
Feed pressure should be increased gradually over a 30-60 second time frame.
Cross-flow velocity at set operating point should be achieved gradually over 15-20 seconds.

Permeate obtained from first hour of operation should be discarded.

Keep elements moist at all times after initial wetting.
If operating limits and guidelines given in this bulletin are not strictly followed, the limited
warranty will be null and void. Refer to DOW™ FILMTEC™ Reverse Osmosis and
Nanofiltration Element Three-Year Prorated Limited Warranty (Form No. 609-35010).
To prevent biological growth during prolonged system shutdowns, it is recommended that
membrane elements be immersed in a preservative solution.
The customer is fully responsible for the effects of incompatible chemicals and lubricants
on elements.
Maximum pressure drop across an entire pressure vessel (housing) is 50 psi (3.4 bar).
Avoid static permeate-side backpressure at all times.

DOW™ FILMTEC™ Membranes
For more information about DOW
FILMTEC membranes, call the Dow
Water & Process Solutions business:
North America: 1-800-447-4369
Latin America: (+55) 11-5188-9222
Europe: (+32) 3-450-2240
Pacific: +60 3 7958 3392
Japan: +813 5460 2100
China: +86 21 2301 1000

Notice: The use of this product in and of itself does not necessarily guarantee the removal of cysts and pathogens from
water. Effective cyst and pathogen reduction is dependent on the complete system design and on the operation and
maintenance of the system.

Notice: No freedom from any patent owned by Dow or others is to be inferred. Because use conditions and applicable
laws may differ from one location to another and may change with time, Customer is responsible for determining
whether products and the information in this document are appropriate for Customer's use and for ensuring that
Customer's workplace and disposal practices are in compliance with applicable laws and other government enactments.
Dow assumes no obligation or liability for the information in this document. NO WARRANTIES ARE GIVEN; ALL